As salmon fishing winds down anglers are turning their attention to the fall steelhead run. Few anglers are fishing the inland lakes however this is a great time of year to target panfish, bass and pike. Fall is when these fish go on a feeding frenzy before the really cold weather moves in.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
Kalamazoo River: Continues to produce chinook and coho up near the Allegan Dam. Many are turning dark. Steelhead are starting to show up.
Calhoun County: Fishing is slow on most of the inland lakes. Duck Lake and Gang Lake were producing a few nice panfish. Prairie Lake had bluegills and perch.
Holland: Water temperatures were still on warm side so the trout and salmon are out in waters 120 to 150 feet. Pier anglers are floating spawn for steelhead however catch rates were slow because of the warm water.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers were fishing in waters 100 to 160 feet. Most fish were taken in the 120 to 150 range. Fish have been caught on magnum or small spoons, spinnies and flies. Hot colors were green, blue and orange. Pier anglers are trying for steelhead; however, the warm water makes fishing more difficult.
Muskegon River: Is still producing some large chinook salmon though many are turning dark. Catch rates for steelhead are increasing as more fish move in. A few nice brown trout have also been caught.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Traverse City: The East Bay has steady smallmouth bass fishing. Try plastics such as darters or tube baits in 20 to 40 feet. A few perch and cisco were caught. Perch fishing was slow in the West Bay but smallmouth bass were caught in 25 to 35 feet.
Betsie River: Is still producing chinook and coho however catch rates have slowed.
Onekama: Dredging in the channel is done. Anglers are now targeting coho and steelhead in front of the piers.
Portage Lake: Bass anglers are still picking up large and smallmouth along the south wall and the drop-offs. Strong winds made it hard for those pan fishing.
Manistee: Pier anglers and those surfcasting are starting to catch steelhead on spawn. Boat anglers are catching salmon and steelhead 80 to 140 feet down in 300 to 500 feet of water when using green or blue spoons. A couple steelhead were caught on orange spoons in the top 40 feet.
Manistee River: More steelhead are starting to show up.
Ludington: Pier anglers are starting to catch steelhead on spawn. Those heading out to waters 200 to 400 feet deep found fish 80 to 130 feet down when using green flies or spoons.
Pere Marquette River: Is still producing some big chinook though many have turned dark. More steelhead are starting to show up.